Dental Implantology MSc/PGDip

Dental Implantology MSc/PGDip

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    Three Years for MSc, Two Years for PGDip

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    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

Our postgraduate Dental Implantology course provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). Students can choose to study for an MSc or a PGDip.

Dental Implantology aims to develop a critical understanding and the ability to evaluate the clinical theory, practice and associated research applied to the practice of dental implantology as a mode of referred treatment. Our postgraduate course will provide you with the opportunities to apply the clinical theory, practice and associated research in the provision of dental implantology within the primary care setting. This course focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

The Dental Implantology programme is also taught abroad in Malaysia, contact us for more information

Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:

  • Be qualified as a Dental Surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry
  • Be registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent)
  • Be in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of two years
  • Be registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level.
  • Possess indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level
  • Possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B)
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment.

Applicants will be invited to an Advice day held at Greenbank Building at UCLan, where prospective students will be given an opportunity to talk to the Course Leader and tour the specialist facilities including the UCLan Dental Clinic where students will carry out their 15 clinical placements throughout their course in which we provide the patients.

DBS: all potential students must undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to admittance to the programme.

Applicants must provide evidence of their IELTS Level 7 certificate (or equivalent), GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.


Programme at a Glance

Year 1

Clinical Knowledge of Dental Implantology (20 credits)

This module introduces foundation topics relating to the safe practice of dental implantology. The module will cover the basic sciences underpinning the clinical aspects of implant treatment and will cover patient examination, treatment planning, complications and case selection.

• Case assessment and treatment planning
• Medico legal implications of implant treatment
• Osseointegration
• Implant design
• Abutment design
• Flap design
• Wound healing
• Minor augmentation, techniques and materials
• Pharmacology and therapeutics
• Radiology in implant dentistry
• Placement protocols
• Loading protocols
• Occlusion Prosthesis design

Clinical Skills for Dental Implantology (20 credits)

This module introduces the necessary practical skills required for safe implant treatment within a primary dental care environment. Initially, practical procedures will be demonstrated, supervised and assessed within the UCLan clinical training facility. In addition case presentation and critical case analysis will be undertaken and peer discussion actively encouraged.

Appraising the Dental Literature (20 credits)

The module seeks to develop your ability to locate, select and interpret information from a wide variety of published sources related to dentistry and oral health, and to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the dental literature using objective methodologies.

Year 2

Clinical Practice of Dental Implantology (60 credits)

This module introduces further practical skills required for effective implant treatment. The module will introduce clinical procedures to be carried out under the supervision of an experienced clinical tutor within the UCLan Dental Clinic. In addition case presentation and critical case analysis of your own patients will be actively encouraged.

• Case selection, treatment planning, patient consent and multi-disciplinary communication
• Implant placement and restoration on patients from UCLan Dental Clinic
• Management of bone and soft tissue defects

Year 3

Dentistry Professional Project (60 credits)

The Professional Project will form a major component in the final year of the Masters programme. You will be expected to take responsibility for designing, conducting and analysing the results of a substantial investigation, which will make a contribution to the discipline under scrutiny. You will be encouraged to adopt a balanced perspective as you analyse the research material. The project will be written up in the agreed Masters degree format. You will also be encouraged to write a short article suitable for submission for presentation at appropriate conference and where possible for publication in a specialty related journal. This will provide you with an opportunity to develop a professional writing style and to achieve publication.

The course will also provide you with over 200 hours of verifiable CPD

Postgraduate Advice Event

Register for our postgraduate advice event taking place on:

  • 9 November 2017

Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Postgraduate Advice Events

Tuesday 6th Feb 2018, 2pm – 4pm (Presentation and Facilities Tour)
Tuesday 10th April 2018, 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)
Saturday 16th June 2018, 10.30am – 1pm (1 hour CPD lecture 12pm – 1pm)
Wednesday 11th July 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)

Reserve your place by emailing

During the course (two years PgDip; three years MSc) you will be expected to attend up to 20 study / assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be within the School of Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in the adjacent UCLan Dental Clinic, where you will observe, assist and ultimately lead in clinical treatment. To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), allowing you to both prepare work for study days and undertake additional work independently from your home location.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise lectures, presentations and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision within the UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though lectures, presentations, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 10 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.



• Thorough case assessment and record taking
• Treatment planning and case selection
• Implant placement in Straightforward and some Advanced cases
• Guided bone regeneration techniques
• Restoration of implants
• Prevention and management of complications

Assessments and examinations are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher level skills of diagnosis and treatment planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, mini clinical examinations and essays, in addition to continuous monitoring of your clinical performance.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2018/19

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: Year 1 - £8,450 (UK/EU); Year 2 - £16,000 (UK/EU); Year 3 (UK/EU) - £6,960

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The programme encompasses a blended learning approach and consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinic training sessions and laboratory visits. Each person will be assigned a personal tutor for the entire programme.

Each module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts.

UCLan Dental Clinic

Phantom Head Facility

Postgraduate Dentistry Gallery